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Today's Opinions

  • Go ahead, tax cigarettes

    A few evenings ago, some friends and I were discussing our state budget and the problem our governor has in trying to balance it and satisfy all factions. Yesterday's state newspaper, though, had the gratifying news that he was doubtful of the success of his pet plan of casino gambling. In fact, the news went so far as to suggest he was looking favorably at increasing cigarette taxes as a last resort.

  • Smoking prohibited elsewhere

    I was catching up on reading recent columns after being out of town for a while and noticed, at the end of an article about a proposed smoking ban, that there was interest in having additional public input about the issue. To this end I offer these thoughts ...

    We've been residents of Taylor County for just under two years and love it. The terrain, the people, the weather, the whole package - it's the best place in the country - with one exception, smoking in restaurants and public places.

  • Don't blame others when it's our own fault

    Sometimes, we just don't know what's good for us. But when things go wrong, it's sure easy to blame someone other than ourselves.

    A story on today's front page details a problem local officials are facing with residents and their house numbers.

    Logically, one would think that posting a house number on one's home would be a no-brainer. But apparently not everyone is thinking logically.

  • End of writers' strike is welcome relief

    For the last three months, I've tried to balance feelings of relief and frustration over the Hollywood writers' strike.

  • Checkups: For peace of mind

    Do you know the importance of getting your child a yearly checkup? Knowing if your child is healthy by getting his or her annual check-up can give parents peace of mind.

    Annual check-ups can alert parents of existing or potential health problems. Checkups should include: medical history, growth and development, vision, hearing, nutrition, recommended lab tests, immunizations and health education.

  • Against all odds, many teens are doing just fine

    Millions of American teens ringing in the New Year as responsible, confident, successful and contributing members of their communities - what are the odds? Actually, pretty good according to Teens Today research from SADD.

    A survey of more than 2,700 middle and high school students revealed that most young people have a positive sense of self: feeling good about their progress on the key developmental tasks of establishing an identity, achieving independence and building meaningful relationships with peers.

  • Timber theft a real problem

    Timber theft is out of control in Kentucky. Just in Eastern Kentucky, recent cases have been reported in Harlan, Pike, Knott, Letcher, Morgan, Rockcastle, Madison and other counties.

    Those most often victimized are the elderly and disabled - the ones least able to defend themselves. The expense involved in either civil or criminal cases keeps legal action from being a practical recourse for most victims.

  • Miss Frances

    "His role was as the gentle teacher, the logical, compassionate, caring and articulate teacher, who inspired you so that you wanted to please him more than life itself."

    -Singer Carol Lawrence, in speaking about composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein

    While Carol Lawrence was speaking about West Side Story composer Leonard Bernstein when she made the statement above, we can't help but wonder if she'd ever met someone named "Miss Frances."